Slow Motion Fitness: Does Slow and Steady Lead to Workout Gains

Have you ever heard of slow motion fitness? It’s the newest thing in exercise — working out very slowly might be able to get you the same results in a shorter amount of time.

No, we don’t mean running in slow motion…it’s all about lifting weights very slowly. According to an article from marieclaire.co.uk by Jenny Proudfoot, this method of training is becoming popular in the United States and the United Kingdom.

This article talks about a new gym in England called Rev25 where slow motion fitness is practiced. Instead of trying to get a ton of reps in at once, it proves that quality is better than quantity.

How Slow Should You Go?

Jenny says that you should take 8-10 seconds to complete every half rep (8-10 seconds on the way up, and 8-10 seconds on the way down). Sounds easy, right? Well, you will definitely experience some shaking in your arms.

Tahir Masood, the co-founder of Rev25, says that squats, tricep dips, bridges, leg raises, and press-ups are some of the best exercises to complete slowly. Your muscles will become so tired that you will get amazing results in a shorter amount of time.

How Does it Work?

Your muscles are made up of three types of fibers — the first two are productive and used for everyday tasks, and they are “slow to fatigue and quick to recover.” The third fiber is used as a back-up. Tahir believes that strength training should try to exhaust all three of these fibers for best results.

Tahir says that “People typically lift weights with a fast jerk. The problem is, it creates momentum that carries the weight through the rest of the movement. So, after an initial effort, your type – one and type-two fibers can rest and recover, ready for the next rep. If you lift really slowly, however, they don’t get a break, so they fatigue.”

When your muscles are completely fatigued, they have a difficult time moving, so chemical signals are sent to the body to say that it needs to adjust to what is occurring. The result is added strength and a toned body.

If you are one of those people that can’t stand high-intensity movements, opt for this new workout! Your body will thank you for it.

Erica D'Arcangelo is an Internet Marketing Expert and co-owner of Fresh, Healthy & Fit where she is a regular contributor. Erica has been active in the health and fitness industry through spinning, yoga, HITT training and much more over the last decade. She's a fitness enthusiast and has also helped others with healthy living through her own blog.